I HAVE been lucky enough to have spent a large part of the summer watching fish close in.
Observing carp go about their business is fascinating to me and I never tire of it. It never ceases to amaze me how tuned in to anything unusual they can be, and getting a rig in position in crystal-clear water is challenging, to say the least. Sometimes you can see an individual carp tilt slightly on to its side and quite clearly take a good long look at you!
I think that anyone who doubts the ocular efficiency or the general awareness of a carp is misguided.
Sometimes the fish can be so edgy that the smallest thing can have them fleeing in fear. Recently I flicked in a small piece of boilie in an effort to discreetly move the the fish away from the spot so that I could lower in a rig. The result was that all the carp bolted from the area and they didn’t come back at all that day! That perplexed me somewhat – I mean it could have been a tiny acorn dropping from a tree! Either way it was enough to see them leave, and that was that! Carp are very fickle creatures – the following day I got them feeding on floaters using a large Spomb. The fish would come in and feed within a minute of the Spomb landing – it seems that some days they will tolerate anything, while on others they can be impossible to catch. And there lies the fascination of carp fishing!
A margin-feeding monster. Getting my rig into position took stealth and patience.